In 2018 I became a Professional Coach, during the Coaching studies I learnt about neurofeedback training and I just started researching it. I fell in love with it, and since 2018 I have been practising it.
I realized then that there are many mental health issues that need to be addressed, and neurofeedback is a non-invasive technique that helps people improve the way their brains work and also their quality of life.
What does neurofeedback do?
Neurofeedback training, a non-invasive technique, rewires the brain by using operant conditioning, so the patient actually learns to control unconscious brain problems, like stress, anxiety, sleep disturbances, among others. And at the same time, the brain learns to function better, without spending too much energy and reacting better to stressful and uncomfortable situations.
How I built it
In January 2018, I got my first neurofeedback equipment and started working with clients. And in February 2019, I became a brainboost partner and I was able to reach get better training and equipment to improve my neurofeedback practice in Ecuador.
Challenges I ran into
People in Ecuador are really close-minded, and there is a huge stigma surrounding mental health, so during the last year, I have had to teach how the brain works, how stress and anxiety harm not only our mind, but our body, and how neurofeedback can help decrease anxiety, fear, stress, lack of sleep.
Accomplishments that I'm proud of
I have worked with a 39-year-old woman that has suffered anxiety for 30 years, in a couple of months we have been able to decrease her panic attacks, her sleep has improved, she is able to handle situations better and really important is that during the _ quarantine _, she has not had a panic attack and she has been able to handle the situation in a calmer way. I am really proud of her and the work that we have been doing together, her symptoms decreased consistently and now she is able to enjoy little things that she forgot she actually liked.
What I learned
The brain is an amazing organ, it can be shaped and taught to function better, which leads to a better quality of life.
What's next for brainboost Ecuador? Neurofeedback training for women who suffer from PTSD caused by violence
Gender Equality is one of the 17 ONU’s Sustainable Development Goals, which includes the care of women that have been victims of violence. According to the World Health Organization, the “mental health impacts for survivors of gender-based violence include Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), depression, anxiety, substance misuse, self-harm and suicidal behaviour, and sleep disturbances.” Specifically speaking about Ecuador, according to a census conducted by INEC in November 2019, 65% of women 15-year-old and over have suffered some kind of violence at any time in their lives, and 32% have suffered some sort of violence in the last 12 months. So since February 2020, I have approached different NGOs that work with women that have suffered any type of violence in Ecuador. Considering that during the quarantine, violence against women has increased in Ecuador, it is really important and urgent that they receive all sorts of help. Neurofeedback can help them overcome the trauma, stop the fear, stress, and anxiety they suffer after being attacked. Combining this technique with psychotherapy can help them take back their lives, their families and their jobs.